Reviews - Time Trap

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"Richard Smith has in Time Trap, a very polished debut novel. The research undertaken is evident throughout; the fog-laden city of London, the characters found therein and the localised speech patterns used. Although targeted for the 10-12 year old range...the book does show appeal for older readers."
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"Time Trap is one of those books that keeps you thinking all the way through. It has an intriguing plot which stretches over two time frames and author Richard Smith does an excellent job of capturing the atmosphere of both eras."
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OK, I rarely use the WOW word but Time Trap is one of those rare occasions and it gets it for the intrigue factor. The book is very well written and a delightful read, but the plot and the inclusion of London landmarks linked to a code make it one of the most engaging books I have read this year. Children will absolutely love it.

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"I thought Time Trap was an absolutely riproaring adventure, full of fun and danger. The plot rushes along and poor Jamie and Todd barely get their breath back from one crisis before they are plunged headlong into another."

"Victorian London is beautifully evoked. It rises from the pages in all its danger, smoke and disease, but also in its energy and sense of progress. There is a great deal of detail, all accurately researched and readers will learn a lot about this period." 

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"Very exciting book; keeps you interested from the start right the way through. You can tell a lot of research has gone into the writing of this book because all the roads, pubs, churches etc in the adventure are real and in line with accurate history. Fantastic bonus is the London Walk you are invited to take all educational."
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"Time Trap came recommended from a review site and I thought my son would enjoy it. As it was I read it first and thoroughly enjoyed it. It has a really engrossing storyline, strong characters and plenty of intrigue."
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"A hugely enjoyable time romp, Time Trap is the debut novel from author Richard Smith and it really is a little different. Not only a perfect mix of fantasy, intriguing technology and action to keep even the most demanding of young readers entertained, it has more than its share of mystery to boot."
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"An undeniably fun and engaging read, Time Trap will certainly pique your interest and leave its readers wanting more. Raising high expectations of future releases from author Richard Smith, it is recommended without reservation!"
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"My 10 year old, well-read son has been reading Time Trap solidly over the last few days and loves it."
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"Smith it seems has certainly succeeded in weaving a wonderful tale."


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What do you get when you mix a couple of boys, 2 too many ghosts and a time travel device? Adventure and mayhem that is what! I purchased this book to read with my daughter who loves adventure books with a little thrill ride built in. Once it arrived we dug right in and I have to say that we both loved it. It really is a great read for older children, teens, and adults with a heart for adventure.

I was a little worried that it would be too intense for my daughter (she sometimes frightens easily) but she loved it. It was interesting to follow along as Todd and Jamie encounter some hair-raising and sometimes threatening situations that only a determined will and strong fortitude could get them through. I love the way the characters are put into those situations where they must show courage and endurance and rely on each other to make it through. I think that serves as a good message for the young readers.

What is there not to love, Richard Smith is a fantastic story teller and Time Trap is an out of this world (or at least this place in time) adventure! Filled with twists and turns and mysterious moments, it encompasses everything I could hope for. It is well written with exceptional character development. 5 stars all the way!

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Richard Smith’s Time Trap is a captivating tale that transports readers to Victorian London — 1862 to be precise. The story had me enthralled from the start. I am a big fan of time-travel fiction, and as such, the novel did not disappoint. The narrative was jam-packed with so much adventure and mystery; which makes it a great read for its intended audience. Moreover, the fascinating plot and author’s writing style is bound to attract readers of all ages.

I delighted in Time Traps compelling atmosphere and got attached to the main characters more than I thought I would. There were moments when I was frustrated by some of the choices the two boys made; and times when I was anxiously rooting for their survival. The characters were well developed (multidimensional) and very convincing. The dynamic between Jamie and Todd made for an entertaining read. I liked that all other characters introduced were central to the plot.

The pace had a nice steady incline with every passing chapter building up the level of intensity and adventure. There were unexpected plot twists that also added different dimensions to the story; all this quickly had me on the edge of my sit; this is another book by Mr. Smith that I enjoyed reading. Just like The Darziod’s Stone, I could tell that there was a lot of research and time that went into writing the book; from the locations, language, inventions and even diseases that ran rampant during that period. So not only did I get to read a book with a fascinating plot, but I also learned a few things.

The book appeared to be professionally edited thus reading the book was a breeze! Even though the ending was satisfactory, the epilogue left me wanting more; that, and my attachment to some of the characters is the reason am so excited for the yet to be released Time Trap II. I can’t wait to see what the next adventure entails.

Review by Ritah


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